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National Homemade Cookies Day

Oct 1, 2018

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National Homemade Cookies Day is observed annually on October 1 according to nationaldaycalendar.com. If you are looking for an excuse to bake some homemade cookies, look no further. Package them up and share them with neighbors, co-workers, and friends!

Can you smell them now? Will it be peanut butter, chocolate chip or snickerdoodle? Whatever the recipe you mix up, enjoying them fresh from the oven with a cold glass of milk and family will make National Homemade Cookies Day even better. Experiment by trying a new recipe or maybe an old one to share fond memories with the next generation.

Use these tips to make your next batch of homemade cookies the best batch ever:

Most cookie recipes have butter or a fat component. The butter should be soft, but cool, almost room temperature. What to do if you want to bake but you forgot the butter in the refrigerator? Leave each stick of butter in its wrapper and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the butter on high for 10 seconds. Turn each stick of butter 2 turns. Microwave for 10 more seconds. Turn each stick of butter 1 turn. While turning, test how soft the butter is. Depending on your microwave, you may want to stop here and prepare the rest of your ingredients. If the butter still needs more time, microwave for 5-10 more seconds.

Cream the butter and sugar together to create a smooth, fluffy mixture so the sugar isn’t grainy.

Beat in each egg separately.

Use proper measuring cups for the job. Liquid measuring cups are larger than the amount needed, clear with lines for visual confirmation of the amount of liquid and have a spout for pouring. Dry measuring cups are designed to be filled to the top with the exact amount.

Measure your flour correctly. Don’t scoop the flour out of the container. It will pack too much into the cup. Use a spoon to lightly sift the flour into the measuring cup, then carefully level the excess off with the edge of a knife.
Line metal baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats to prevent the cookies from spreading too far. Or, use a baking stone to have evenly baked cookies every time.

How To Observe

To celebrate National Homemade Cookies Day, use #HomemadeCookiesDay to post on social media.

Then whip up a batch of homemade cookies. Try this cookie recipe from goldmedalflour.com:

October Cookies

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2cups old fashioned oats
2 cups crispy rice cereal
1cup coconut

Directions

1. Preheat over to 350F.

2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.

4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until slightly fluffy, about 1 minute.

5. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well mixed.

6. Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.

7. Beat in the oatmeal, crispy rice cereal and coconut.

8. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart.

9. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through.

10. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the pan, then transfer them to the wire rack.





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